It all started in the building of a church made from endemic bamboo. St. Joseph Parish Church of Las Piñas City houses the Las Piñas Bamboo Organ. Father Diego Cera de la Virgen del Carmen of Pampanga, him and the locals started building the church in the late 1700s using adobe rocks.
A sponsored visit with my travel blogger friends made the trip worthwhile. Gani, our knowledgeable guide took us back in time as he told the tale of the world-famous Bamboo Organ.
|The Bamboo Organ Foundation, Inc.|
P. Diego Cera Avenue, Brgy. Daniel Fajardo, Las Piñas City, Philippines 1744
1970s was the decade which saw the fruition of restoring the bamboo organ. It was shipped all the way to Bonn, Germany in 1973 under Johannes Klais Orgelbau. Two years later, the bamboo organ found its way home.
|St. Joseph Parish Church |
|Adjacent to the church is the 99-year old St.Joseph Academy|
|You can try playing this one.|
|Old memorabilia: old cassette tapes to photo books|
|The original keyboard|
For this to be a Unesco World Heritage site (if I'm not mistaken),
the original keyboard should be re-installed and should be continuously used
|During the tour|
|A painting by Mr. Jimenez, a local artist|
It depicts Las Pinas City's gems
|Inside the church|
|The bloggers! Well almost all. :-)|
Standing, L-R: Jun, Rem, Claire, Kenneth, Sir Gani, Gelai, Nil
Sitting, L-R: Javee, Dharzie and me
The preservation of the bamboo organ can be best appreciated by joining the annual International Bamboo Organ Festival celebrated every third week of February. Quoting its official website: 'The Bamboo Organ Foundation, Inc. is a non-stock non-profit organization founded to preserve and maintain the historic Bamboo Organ. It also engages in the spiritual, educational and social enrichment of the people of Las Piñas. The Foundation organizes the annual International Bamboo Organ Festival held at the Las Piñas Church which has its mark in the international music scene with many foreign artist and musicians participating in this annual event.'
Every place has its piece of history to be proud of. One in which a local can elicit a feeling of national pride and patriotism. This church and the bamboo organ itself is Las Piñas City's historical soul. I hope its people will quickly realize how blessed they are.
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